Golden Triangle Tours in India
Such is the appeal and popularity of Golden Triangle Tours in India that it is often referred to as the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur tour package by car . Each vertex of this metaphorical triangle boasts of an opulent historical legacy that’s difficult to match. Each tourist attraction within the periphery promises to transport traveler into a different world that has to be experienced to be believed.
A typical Golden Triangle tours in India begins at Delhi – the capital city of India.The troika cities being situated close by and well connected by road, it is only natural that Delhi-Agra-Jaipur tour is preferred by car Package in connection, therefore, entails steady availability of good as new air-conditioned vehicle at ready disposal throughout the trip, without which the trip may have its moments of disharmony. A standard Golden Triangle tours of India is generally pocket-friendly and accommodation arrangements are offered on twin-sharing basis.Also, Golden Triangle tour package rates include services of a professional English speaking or any of your Preferred language tour guide so as to ensure that the trip is insightful and enlightening.
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Visiting Delhi as a part of Golden Triangle Tour
At the onset of the tour package, your Golden Triangle tour operator assists you in transfer from airport to hotel accommodation in Delhi.The tours tarts off at the Red Fort at Old Delhi. This part of Delhi was earlier known as Shahjahanabad during Mughal Rule, having been commissioned by none other than Shahajahan – the same Mughal emperor who is credited with building the monument of love– the Taj Mahal!
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With imposing Red Fort guarding one end of the city and places of worship of Jain, Hindu, Christian and Sikh lined up on the other side – the air, atmosphere and arrangement of Old Delhi come across as pluralistic and highly evocative of Mughal era and subsequent British reign.
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As a thumb Rule,Golden Triangle Tour Operator arranges for you a ride through the labyrinthic narrow lanes of Chandani Chowk in Old Delhi for a peep into ancient India.It could be a short rickshaw ride from the Jama Masjid (one of the finest and largest ancient mosques in India) through the lanes of Dariban Kalan, passing by Kinari Bazaar on the way, all the way to the celebrated Chandni Chowk and back. Through the journey, you are likely to notice how the entire area is literally littered with vestiges of past glory, however, critically dusted and rusted. Be it old styled houses, dingy shops, arche typical floral doorways or low lying wooden doors latched with old-style iron fasteners, narrow steep stairways leading to upper complexes or Victorian street lamps– the entire host of structures and fixtures dotting the area virtually render Old Delhi a living museum.
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In addition, as a part and parcel of the Golden Triangle tour packages from tour operators, Delhi welcomes you to its newer side with some more exciting destinations to see. At New Delhi, you are driven to visit the historical Qutub Minar, Bahai place of worship called Lotus Temple,few contemporary Hindu temples such as Birla Mandir & Akshardham, and at last but not the least, the Indian martyrs’ memorial called India Gate. In stark contrast to Old Delhi, the sightseeing in New Delhi is like a walk through a developing country with skyscrapers and trendy bungalows interspersed with slums, humble colonies and beggars on street lights.
After a fruitful sightseeing day in Delhi, the tour operator makes necessary arrangements to transfer you to Jaipur by road.
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Visiting Jaipur as a part of Golden Triangle Tour
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A comfortable 5-hour long drive on national highway takes you to Jaipur from Delhi in the second leg of the Golden Triangle tour package by car.The pink city – as it is fondly called because of the several pink buildings across its cityscape – welcomes you to a host of gorgeous doorways, right from the word go.
Like Delhi, Jaipur also preserves numerous grand monuments within its gulfs, each reminiscent of its glorious past and opulent cultural heritage. From Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort to City Palace, Jal Mahal and Nahargarh Fort – the Golden Triangle tour itinerary shall introduce you to the fine taste and striking artistry in vogue during the ancient times here when valiant Rajput monarchs and other generous aristocrats ruled the region. Brace up here to witness a riot of colours everywhere -into the frescos, paintings, patterns and carvings – on the walls, windows, niches, doors and balconies of all palaces, gardens and fortresses you visit during your stay here.
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In Jaipur, you must keep a particular vigil for the exquisite doorways of the Amber Fort and City Palace. For instance, the Ganesh Pol of the Amber Fort is a fine instance of how the gates during the olden times were covered with ostentatious and intricate paintings all over, to usher good luck. Likewise, the bedazzling four gates in the inner courtyard of City Palace called “Pritam Niwas Chowk” must be witnessed to rave properly. The four doors have been adorned carefully to represent four seasons. Their impeccable frescos in vibrant colours reflect highly on the love of art that prevailed among royalties during their affluent times.
Visiting Agra as a part of Golden Triangle Tour
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In the third and last leg of the Golden Triangle tour itinerary, you are driven to Agra via Fatehpur Sikri – a historical monument in red sandstone that was commissioned by the 3rd Mughal Emperor of the dynasty – Akbar.He built this extensive complex with every intention to set up his capital here.However, the fortress had to be vacated eventually after 14 years of insistence owing to the paucity of water supply. Now the red sandstone complex lays on the outskirts of Agra wearing a deserted look. Hundreds of tourists visit here every day for observing the maturity attained by Mughal art and artistry during those times.
Beyond doubt, the highest highlight of entire Golden Triangle tour package in India would be your rendezvous with the mesmerising Taj Mahal. Experience standing before the exquisite pearly white epitome of love and witness the panorama conduct goosebumps into your body.Who knows, just may be, you might find yourself stupefied for minutes beyond control, like most other visitors.
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Made of pure white marble throughout, Taj Mahal is in fact a mausoleum situated in the middle of a 42-acre complex. Along side in the same complex as Taj Mahal are located a guest house and a mosque. The mausoleum till date remains an ace instance of the outstanding Mughal art and architecture that appears to have reached its zenith during the reign of Shah Jahan. The excellence of Mughal architectures and artisans boosted by highly evolved fine taste of the royalty apparently translated into tangible perfection in the shape of Taj Mahal.
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Taj Mahal was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1632 in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal who had died giving birth to their 14th child. The mausoleum had been the most ambitious and elaborate project ever taken up in the history of Mughal dynasty. It took around 20 years for a teamwork of 20,000 artisans and a board of architects headed by court architect to the emperor, to complete the construction of the mausoleum for a cost of around 32 million rupees in 1653. This day, the equivalent cost of construction would possibly work out to be well above 60 billion rupees!
Not to mention, Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is globally acknowledged as a masterpiece and one among the most admired world heritage buildings. Indeed,the crowning glory of India’s rich cultural heritage continues to pull crowds of tourists from all around the world every day.It also remains a muse to the photographers and other creative artists. It would be no exaggeration to say that one must visit Taj Mahal at least once in a lifetime.
Grossly overshadowed but never lesser than the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort is another feather in the cap of Mughal architecture – being one of the grande stand finest forts in India – second to none in terms of grandeur and intricacy.
Agra Fort was originally built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 in red sandstone to function as a military structure for the protection of his empire. It is only later on that Akbar’s grandson Shah Jahan turned it into a palace, who used marble to build/ renovate portions in this fort. Ironically, Shah Jahan was jailed in one of these palaces inside Agra Fort,on the Eastern edge of the fort to be precise, when Aurangzeb snatched away his power and held him a prisoner until his death (in 1666). As the legend goes, Akbar was not allowed to leave his palace in the fort and would watch Taj Mahal from his place day in day out, during his last days.
Visit Agra Fort to witness the perfect symmetries, palatial proportions and multi-layered housing within with vast underground sections like a maze.
With Agra, sightseeing across the Golden Triangle comes to a close and you prepare for being transferred back to Delhi for your onward journey.
With conclusion of the trip, it’s idyllic to look back and ponder over the last few days spent having a back to back tête-à-tête with numerous glorious ancient monuments left behind by Mughal and Rajput monarchs in North India. Recall everything in the light of attached anecdotes from their history as briefed to you by the guide and may be scanning through all the photographs you might have captured and relish the recap of history of ancient India.
In all probability, the journey and the experiences would successfully(and firmly at that)pull you away from your routine life, and help you relax immensely. The day to day issues that were consuming you before you began the trip would certainly lose their grip and help you go back to normal routine with fresh lease of energy and enthusiasm.
Go for it!